I'm not going to list authors who's books are centered on food or recipes because Katherine Hall Page is on the panel and her character is a caterer and she includes recipes, so she'll know much more than I do about the lighter genre. (The character in my first two books, Abby Silvernale, worked in a restaurant - that's my connection).
JULIA POMEROY: What I'm really interested in is what the protagonists we love eat, while they solve or commit crimes and what that food, or their attitude toward it, says about them.
Jack Reacher, all six foot six or whatever he is, goes to diners, or places like Denny's. Perfect for Reacher. He's a big piece of machinery, doesn't care about fancy trappings, needs someplace roadside, walks a lot, fights a lot, etc. It's all about fuel and calories.
In A Dark Adapted Eye, by Ruth Rendell writing as Barbara Vine, the narrator describes a meal for nine people prepared during rationing, meant to impress one particular man who never showed up. The meal required the slaughter of two household rabbits and the use of most of their garden vegetables. The entire group waited forever for the guest of honor to show up, and when they finally ate, everything was dried out and ruined.
Are there any meals your favorite protagonists or villains have eaten that help you understand them better, or that underline the scene at hand, or move the action forward in any way?
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